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SEC releases new details on investment advice reform package

June 5, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission released a fact sheet Wednesday on a final package of regulations​ that will make the most significant changes to investment advice standards in more than two decades. The centerpiece of the reform package...

SEC final advice rule hearing updates

June 5, 2019

The following is a string of dispatches from the SEC hearing on its final rule on advice standards for brokers and financial advisers. Check back regularly for the latest updates. 12:10 p.m. ET: SEC APPROVES ALL FOUR RULES IN ADVICE REFORM PACKAGE...

All clients deserve advice that is in their best interest

September 19, 2018

With all of the recent discussion about the standards of conduct for financial professionals, it is important to remember that there is one legal standard that has required professionals to act in the best interest of their clients for more...

What to look for in the final SEC advice rule

June 3, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission will meet Wednesday to vote on a final investment advice reform package of rules. More than a year after the original proposal was released, the agency is now ready to conclude its work on Regulation Best...

SEC Regulation Best Interest an important step for our industry

August 29, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission's introduction in May of a proposed best-interest standard of care for all advisers — including those affiliated with broker-dealers and RIAs — was a watershed moment for the financial advice profession....

Shorthanded SEC may have to decide investment advice proposal on its own

September 11, 2018

For the moment, the Securities and Exchange Commission has a full complement of five members, but it may not last for long. Last week, the Senate confirmed Elad Roisman to a Republican seat that had been vacated by Michael Piwowar in July. It...

Merrill Lynch can't reverse progress on eliminating conflicts of interest

September 5, 2018

The fiduciary rule is dead, but its spirit lives on. The rule, which the Department of Labor first proposed in 2015, required brokers to act as fiduciaries — to put their clients' interests ahead of their own — when handling retirement accounts....

SIFMA: Regulation Best Interest raises bar on investor protection

August 7, 2018

The United States' extensive history of individual investing has resulted in more options, greater competition and lower costs compared to the rest of the world. Just as the mix of financial products has evolved, with great benefit to everyday...

The SEC proposal does not protect Americans from 'harmful practices' by broker-dealers

August 3, 2018

Your lawyer can't take money from your opponent to give you bad legal advice. If you're on Medicare, your doctor can't take kickbacks from drug manufacturers for prescribing their drugs. But, under current law, your broker-dealer can receive...

SEC sets June 5 date for vote on Regulation Best Interest

May 23, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission will vote on an investment-advice reform package on June 5. The agency posted the agenda for the open meeting on its website Thursday afternoon. The four SEC members will decide whether to adopt Regulation...

Socially-conscious investing gets a boost from the DOL fiduciary rule

January 13, 2016

Proponents of sustainable and responsible investing have reason to celebrate. Long-term investing with careful consideration of environmental, social and governance factors is going mainstream. On the regulatory front, updated guidance from...

The SEC's opportunity to serve the best interests of investors

August 2, 2018

In my first column, I tried to give some historical context on how we got here: With margins rapidly declining, broker-dealers found safe haven in asset-based fees. While their shareholders enjoyed the recurring revenue, the underlying services...

Brokerages sound off on Regulation Best Interest

May 17, 2019

An executive at a small brokerage firm expressed concern Friday that the Securities and Exchange Commission's pending advice-reform rule is too vague and could lead to an exclusive focus on the price of investments. The centerpiece of the package...

Democrats criticize SEC advice rule, push for fiduciary standard

July 23, 2018

Midterm elections usually don't generate the same energy as presidential elections, but this year is different because it is shaping up as a referendum on President Donald J. Trump. If Democrats take over the House — which many analysts see...

The SEC knows what's best

July 19, 2018

As the father of three kids, I'm keenly aware that in the age of descriptor inflation, good things are called "the best," a great meal is "amazing," something funny is "hilarious" — you get the idea. Up until the 1980s, when investors wanted...

Behind closed doors: The big problem with how the SEC is getting insights from investors

July 19, 2018

Usually when I receive a news release about an upcoming event on my beat that's occurring at at the Securities and Exchange Commission, I put it on my coverage calendar and just show up. Something moved me to register for the recent investor...

SEC commissioner Hester Peirce says Reg BI is stronger than fiduciary duty

May 8, 2019

Members of the Securities and Exchange Commission have defended their agency's forthcoming final advice-reform rule in exchanges over the last couple days. SEC commissioner Hester Peirce said the proposal to raise advice requirements for brokers...

5th Circuit mandate to vacate DOL fiduciary rule 'still pending'

June 1, 2018

As death watches go, the vigil over the Labor Department's fiduciary rule has been a long one. Back on March 15, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the regulation in a 2-1 decision. The Department of Justice, on behalf of the DOL,...

Hillary Clinton would have saved the DOL fiduciary rule

June 22, 2018

By fall 2016, I had pretty much given up trying to get an answer from Donald J. Trump's presidential campaign about its position on the Labor Department's fiduciary rule. Then in October, I saw Anthony Scaramucci in the lobby of the Mayflower...

Senate confirms Scalia as DOL secretary on party-line vote

September 26, 2019

Eugene Scalia became the new Labor secretary Thursday. The Republican-majority Senate confirmed Mr. Scalia to head the agency on a party-line vote, 53-44. He now takes over a department whose fiduciary rule to raise investment advice standards...

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